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Welcome to Chihuahua in Mexico!

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Chihuahua is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. Its capital city is Chihuahua. Chihuahua is located in Northwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Sonora to the west, Sinaloa to the southwest, Durango to the south, and Coahuila to the east. Chihuahua is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place. To the north and northeast, it has a long desolate area with the U.S. Mexico border across from the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas. Chihuahua is the largest state in Mexico by land mass, with a mainland area of 247,455 square kilometers (95,543 sq mi); it is slightly larger than the UK. It is consequently known under the nickname The Big State or El Estado Grande in Spanish.

Although Chihuahua is primarily identified with the Chihuahuan Desert for namesake, it has more forests areas than any other state in Mexico. Due to its alternative climate the state has a large variety of fauna and flora. Chihuahua is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Chihuahua you may wish to check out the Chihuahua hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Chihuahua? We also offer extensive day trips in Chihuahua. This unique place has simply amazing. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Chihuahua Mexico.

Sierra Madre Occidental mountain CHIHUAHUA

The state is mostly characterized by rugged mountainous terrain and wide river valleys. The Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, an extension of the Rocky Mountains, dominates the state’s terrain and is home to the state’s greatest attraction, Las Barrancas del Cobre, or Copper Canyon, a canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. On the slope of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains (near the regions of Casas Grandes, Cuauhtémoc and Parral), there are vast prairies of yellow grass, which is the source of the bulk of the state’s agricultural production. Most of the inhabitants live along the Rio Grande Valley and the Conchos River Valley of the state.

Whether you are visiting Chihuahua in Mexico for business, pleasure or both, we´re sure that Chihuahua will meet all of your expectations and that the people of Chihuahua will make you feel welcome while sampling some of the unique cuisine on offer in the Chihuahua Restaurant districts.

Chihuahua Ecotourism

Piedra Volada Chihuahua

The main mountain range in the state is the Sierra Madre Occidental reaching a maximum altitude of 10,826 ft (3,300 m) known as Cerro Mohinora. Mountains make up for one third of the state’s surface area which includes large coniferous forests.

Chihuahua La Barranca del Cobre

The climate in the mountainous regions varies Chihuahua has more forests than any other state in Mexico, making the area a bountiful source of wood; the mountainous areas are rich in minerals central to Mexico’s mining industry. Rainfall and temperature in the mountainous areas depends on the elevation. Unusually for Mexico, between the months of November and March snow storms are possible in the lower elevations and are frequent in the higher elevations. There are several watersheds located in the Sierra Madre Occidental all of the water that flows through the state; most of the rivers finally pour into the Rio Grande. Temperatures in some canyons in the state reach over 100°F in the summer while the same areas rarely drop below 32°F in the winter. Many microclimates are found in the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental in the state that could be considered tropical and there have been wild tropical plants found in some canyons.

La Barranca del Cobre Chihuahua

La Barranca del Cobre, or Copper Canyon, a spectacular canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon; the canyon also contains Mexico’s two tallest waterfalls:

Basaseachic Falls Chihuahua

Basaseachic Falls and Piedra Volada. Furthermore, there are two national parks found in the mountainous area of the state: Cumbres de Majalca National Park and Basaseachic Falls National Park, making the states very attractive for national and foreign tourism.

Cumbres de Majalca National Park

The plains at the foot of the Sierra Madre Occidental is an elongated mesa known as Altiplanicie Mexicana that exhibits a steppe climate and serves as a transition zone from the mountain climate in the western part of the state to the desert climate in the eastern side of the state.

Chihuahua Landscape Contrasts

Chihuahua mexico panorama

Chihuahua has a Subtropical climate which is most common at elevations between 4,200-7,200 ft above sea level; this climate zone has warm humid summers and an average summer temperature of 68°F. The summer average precipitation is 70 cm (28 in) mostly in the months of: July, August, and September.

Chihuahua snowfall

From November to March there are many rainstorms and snowstorms caused by high elevation and prominent cold fronts. Winter temperatures can reach a low of 3°F.

Chihuahua has a semi-arid climate or prairieland which is most common at elevations between 4,000-5,000 ft above sea level; this climate zone has an annual average 64°F and maximum temperatures above of 100°F and lows reaching slightly below 32°F, with a wet season in the late summer and fall. Snowfall is infrequent but does happen from time to time in the winter and frost is common from December to March. The annual average rainfall in the steppe climate zone is about 18.7 inches.

Chihuahua Mountains

The main Hot Desert in Chihuahua is most common at elevations below 4,000 ft (1,200 m) above sea level; this climate zone tends to have a hot summer at temperatures that often reach 110 °F. Winter is warm, rarely dropping below 32°F. Precipitation averages between 6-10 in per year; most of the moisture falls during the “monsoon” of late summer.

Chihuahua Cool Desert

Then the Cool Desert in Chihuahua is most common at elevations below 4,000 ft (1,200 m) above sea level; this climate zone tends to have a mild summer, rarely reaching temperatures over 105 °F. Winter weather varies from mild to cold depending on northern fronts, often dropping below 32°F. Precipitation averages between 10-16 in per year; most of the moisture falls during the “monsoon” of at the end of the summer months.

Chihuahua topography

Rio Conchos Chihuahua

The largest river in the state is Rio Conchos which is the largest tributary to the Rio Grande from the Mexican side; the river descends from the zenith of the Sierra Madre Occidental in the southwest part of the state and winds through the center of the state where the water is exploited in the steppe zone and it eventually empties into the Rio Grande in the small desert town of Ojinaga.

Ojinaga Chihuahua

The desert area also accounts for about a third of the state’s surface area. The Chihuahuan Desert is an international biome that also extends into the neighboring Mexican state of Coahuila and into the US states of Texas and New Mexico. The desert zone is mainly of flat topography with some small mountain ranges that run north to south. The desert in the state varies slightly with a small variant in climate. The lower elevations of the desert zone are found in the north along the Rio Grande which experience hotter temperatures in the summer and winter while the southern portion of the desert zone experiences cooler temperatures due to its higher elevation. Better known as the Samalayuca dunes they cover an area of about 150 square kilometers; it is an impressive site of the Chihuahuan Desert and is a protected area by the state due to unique species of plants and animals that can only be found in that area.

Samalayuca dunes Chihuahua

The climate in the state depends mainly in the elevation of the terrain. The Sierra Madre Occidental dominates the western part of the state; there are two main climates in this area: Subtropical Highland and Humid Subtropical. There are some microclimates in the state due to the varying topology mostly found in the western side of the state. The two best known microclimates are: Tropical savanna climate in deep canyons located in the extreme southern part of the state; Continental Mediterranean climate in the extremely high elevations of the Sierra Madre Occidental.

Chihuahuan Desert CHIHUAHUA

Vegetation is much greener in the west because of the cooler temperatures and larger amounts of precipitation as compared to the rest of the state.

Chihuahua Economy

chihuahua Mexico business

Chihuahua has a comprehensive and diverse state economy. The three most important economic centers in the state are: Ciudad Juarez, an international manufacturing center; Chihuahua, the state capital; and Delicias which is the state’s main agriculture hub. Today Chihuahua serves as an important commercial route prospering from billions of dollars from international trade as a result of the NAFTA agreement with the United States.